F.D.A. warns on potentially contaminated cheese

by Eric Schroeder
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WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Monday issued a warning not to eat Queso Fresco Fresh Cheese Mexican style soft cheese (two specific lots) or any Queso Cotija Molido Mexican style grated cheese manufactured and distributed by Peregrina Cheese Corp. of New York City. According to the F.D.A., the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that may cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in pregnant women, young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

The F.D.A. said no illnesses have been linked to the products, but Peregrina Cheese is recalling the products based on sampling and analysis by the F.D.A. that detected Listeria monocytogenes in some of the samples.

According to the F.D.A., the cheese in question was distributed to retail stores in the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Manhattan, and two towns in Pennsylvania (Scranton and Hazelton) in early February. The company has contacted all its customers and instructed them to destroy all affected products in their inventory.

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